Tuesday, 31 December 2013


Some experiments what happens when you layer highlights on top of each other.

Here i used three basetext-layers, each one shrinked a bit.
There is one big bevel, with the highlight slightly blueish and three bevels on top of it. Each one tightened with an alpha-curve.

If you want to study the effect, here is the .xcf-file:


Saturday, 7 December 2013

Chisel Effect

This is a rewrite of the tutorial for fencepost's so called Lord Of The Rings texteffect.

I recreated it from the script as good as i could.

This effect creates a chiselled look on text with the help of a shaped gradient.

Thursday, 5 December 2013


Playing around with G'MIC:
[G'MIC] Tiled parameterization : -gimp_parameterize_tiles 10,10,0
[G'MIC] Isophotes : -gimp_isophotes 7,0,0,0

LASR: Fire & Ice

Exploring the possibilities of G'MIC, i found the Color Temperature Filter (thats under Colors).
I wasnt totally happy with the LASR text i posted yesterday, but this filter improves the overall effect from hot to cold !

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Layer Play

This is an exercise in playing with layering gradients and textures. 
The Inner Glow has different values for horizontal and vertical.

The texture is made from a Grid with Spread and then Motion Blurred.

The Ultraviolent font is from Blambot.

If you want to study what i did, here is the XCF

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Shiny Tekniqz

All texteffects in this post follow the same principle:
  • The basetext is filled with a texture (an image or a gradient).
  • The basetext has a stroke made of a gradient that gives the edges of the text a shiny look.
  • The basetext has an outer bevel. Highlight and shadow are treated with curves to give the bevel a shiny look.

The texture of this texteffect is a metallic gradient. I think Draconian made it and you can get all of them here:

I also applied the G'MIC Fish Eye Filter to the gradient layer as you see below.

The shiny edge gradient is no custom-gradient, just the normal FG-BG on repeat but treated with a colour-curve.

Font is 'SedonaScriptFLF Medium'.

XCF for the following two effects.

Here the texture is a scaled image of the sea, i found with google.
The shiny edge gradient consists of two gradients layered and blended with layermodes. A bit of curves as well, of course ;)

Same texture as above again, but this time treated with the new G'MIC 'Frosted Glass' filter that Ronounours created and then bumpmapped with itself.

The Inner Shadow (Blur 5) between shiny edge and texture got the ring-contour treatment.

Tekniqz XCF

For this experiment i used the Square Gradient.

Cherry XCF

Sunday, 17 November 2013

shiny diagonal Edges

Same technique as below, but with a different Shape, Repeat and a simple 2-color gradient. Then Color-Curves.

shiny Edges

The gradient editor in Gimp has a lot of limitations in comparison to Photoshop.
There is no live editing. 
You can do live editing in Inkscape but switching between the two programs for a text effect is not ideal.

In Inkscape you can give each object (like text for example) a fill and a stroke.

A fill can be colour, a gradient or a pattern. Same for the stroke. They dont have to be identical and thats the cool thing:
you can give your text a fill of, say gray, and make the stroke a gradient.

This is especially useful when you want to give your texteffect a stroke that looks shiny. And the best thing: you can edit the gradient and see how it immediately changes the look - in realtime so to speak.
Like adding colourstops, position them wherever you want and change the angle of the gradient.
Thats the power of vectorgraphics. Doing the same thing in Gimp with the gradient editor would be very hard and tedious.

As an example, here is a texteffect i made in Inkscape:

and here is a screenshot, so you can see the gradients:
(The diagonal line with all the little squares, thats the gradient of the stroke and each square is a stop for a colour. You can move these stops around and change the colour whenever you want)

In this tutorial i show you an easy way of getting a shiny stroke on a metallic looking text.

01. I used a canvas of 800x300px and the font Ethnocentric 194px.

02. Create a new transparent layer and name it 'Gradient'.

03. Alpha select your text and save it to a channel.
Deselect, turn on the visibility of the channel and set the fill opacity to a 100%. Now everything outside the textboundaries is black.

I made this gradient, and you can download it from mediafire if you want.

04. With the gradient layer active, stroke the gradient from the top to the bottom of the text !
Make sure 'Adaptive Supersampling' is ticked and hold down CTRL to get a perfectly straight gradient.

05. When you are happy with the look, turn off the channel and apply a layermask 'From Channel' to the gradientlayer.
Also get rid of the basetext layer, by either turning it off or putting it under the Backgroundlayer.

06. For the Stroke we duplicate our gradient layer and rename the original into 'Stroke'.

07. Alpha select the basetext and grow the selection by 4px (or whatever you like for the stroke size).

05. With the layermask of the Strokelayer active, fill the selection with white.

06. Deselect and desaturate the Stroke layer. 
(For our chrome-trick to succeed, we need the layer to be grayscale - otherwise the blue will become brown.)

07. When you now play around with a Value Curve, you get your shiny stroke.

Shaping the curve gives you a bit of control how the light and dark areas will distribute so that you get a shiny look in the end.

08. For the finishing touches i added a Dropshadow (Blur 10) and tweaked the original Gradient a bit with a Value-Curve.

The End

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Strange Dayz

This is inspired by (still) learning Inkscape, my interest in Graffiti and, believe it or not, having a very close look at wrapping (mini-salami, chocolate bars, potatoe chips, etc).
A lot of text on wrappings has this formulatic style.

So i just made the bevelled text with a colourful highlight and added the red outset halo by growing the alpha selected text.

The white halo is the red-outset selection filled with a gradient (from white to transparent), then blurred and shaped with a Ring-Contour Alpha-Curve.

This halo duplicated and motion-blurred gave me the 3D extrusion.

Tutorial here

But the secret ingredient is something else:
G'MIC -> Graphic Novel Filter
gives the text this nice sophisticated looking shading....;)

Saturday, 26 October 2013

The Empire Strikes Back

Yesterday i revisited the Amber texteffect i made in march.
Although the xcf had a lot of notes, i was unable to recreate the texture inside the inlay. I know i did it with the cubism filter, but it didnt look the same this time.

So i modified the effect. In some cases its an improvement, as i have learnt a lot in the past six months.

As usual im not explaining every tiny detail, as i expect you to know stuff from previous tutorials.
This effect requires you to work on your side, to make everything blend nicely.
Its art, not programming !

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Filter Stripes

Inspired by the way Photoshop filters work, i experimented with making textures.
Everything you see in the image  below is made from the same diagonal grid.


I was playing around with texture effects today and made this as a byproduct.

Its kind of unusal for me i guess....:D


Sunday, 13 October 2013

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Upcoming: The Fresh Gradients Tutorial

It would probably be overkill to post another tutorial today, so i give you all just a teaser :P

This is a technique how to get interesting gradients without fighting your gradient editor.
Its fun and intuitive.

Style Wars with myself

Im trespassing, im beating my system.
Im putting my names up there, right.
I've drenched this blog with my ideas.
[Well, Im trying my damndest.]

Friday, 13 September 2013

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Four More

Four Styles that all follow the same principle:
a gradient, an inner shadow and a stroke.

If you want to study what i did, here is the xcf-file:

Monday, 9 September 2013

A Simple Three Dimensional Looking Text With A Stroke

In this tutorial i will show you a simple yet effective 3Dish effect and some variations.
Its basically just a Gradient, a Stroke and an Inner Shadow,
later modified with an small Bevel and some decorational elements like a Dropshadow an an Outer Glow.

Thursday, 15 August 2013